• Event

    Public Opinion on Iraq and the Arab Spring

    Zogby Research Services conducted polling in eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the United States, to look at public opinion on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the Arab Spring, and other recent developments in the region.

    • Commentary

    Approach Analogies with Caution

    Analysts of the Arab Spring should be cautious when invoking historical analogies to explain recent events in the Middle East and North Africa.

    • Event

    A Conversation on Tunisia’s Future with Rached Ghannouchi

    In October, Tunisians went the polls and the moderate Islamist party Ennahda won 40 percent of the vote and the right to form a government. It remains to be seen what this will mean for the country, the region, and its relations with the West.

    • Commentary

    The Interconnectedness of Arab Seasons

    The current uprisings taking place across the Middle East and North Africa are interconnected; the success or failure of one country’s democratic transition could have a direct impact on the prospects for transition in another.

    • Commentary

    Americans, Put Away Your Quills

    The United States should remain on the sidelines as Arab countries devise new constitutions. While Washington can provide technical assistance if requested, it should allow constitution writing in the Arab world to be an indigenous process.

    • Commentary

    The Overblown Islamist Threat

    Countries in transition have no choice but to open up their political system. Excluding and marginalizing Islamists out of fear will only strengthen their popular appeal.

    • Research

    Tunisia’s Lessons for the Arab World

    By holding largely peaceful elections just ten months after the fall of its long-time dictator, the country credited with sparking the waves of protest that swept the Arab world is serving as an example to the rest of the region.

    • Commentary

    Will the Arab Spring Lead to a Revolution in Education?

    While reforming education in the emerging democracies of the Middle East may prove more challenging than political democratization, without it, the future of democracy will remain tenuous at best.

    • Multimedia

    The Changing Nature of the Arab World

    In countries like Syria and Libya, where the situation is still fluid and tumultuous, Tunisia provides a great example of how a transitional election should unfold.

    • Multimedia

    What Political Models Might Shape the Arab World?

    If successful, the Tunisian elections could provide a model for other countries in the region that are experiencing political transitions.

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